have tripod but still shaky


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aloyteo

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i'm using the nikon tripod that came with the d70 but i'm mounting my canon powershot a80 on it. i realise that after i half depress the shutter button to focus and remove my finger, the camera would shift a little even after i screwed everything tightly. thus, i have to resort to using the 2 second timer.... but what if i'm shooting time critical things like fireworks, if i use the timer i might just lose the moment, please help me thanks.:)
 

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check the workings of the tripod. i am not familiar with yours. check the load weight of the tripod.

make sure you know the limitations of the tripod you are using. otherwise, disaster looms.
 

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the load weight should be ok as my powershot is far lighther than the d70. anyway images are still sharper than without using a tripod, but blurrer than using a tripod with self timer.
 

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it's better to use a remote in such situations. it keeps your finger from pressing on the camera and yet could trigger the shutter any time.
 

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or u can hold your finger there until the shot is taken, i always do that, better then pressing then releasing ur finger
 

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I think in general, free tripods are mostly crap. I had one of those free-gift tripods, and the only way I'd ever use it was with a self-timer. Get a proper one, especially if you're going to use it with your D70.
 

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I don't think so right? Even with the BEST tripod your finger is still going to shake the camera. There is only two ways out, get a remote/cable release or use timer.
 

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with a heavier tripod, it's not likely that your finger can exert enough strength to shake it unless you mean to. Go buy a better tripod, trust us. You can easily get a decent second hand one for 200.

You don't even try and you say we are wrong?
 

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and a good solid tripod like the 190B or the 055B are some of the most used and affordable tripods around that are solid enough. For amateur use, it would virtually last a lifetime. And they have got resale value too. and you will have to get a head like a ball head to go with it.
 

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Perhaps another way is to weigh down the tripod ... you can always use your camera bag or something handy.
 

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If you dont want to invest on a good tripod, try what ericp suggest...

weigh down your tripod by hooking your camera bag onto it. Use an inexpensive S-hook which you can find from most hardware shops.

I do that for my very light-weight Gitzo tripod to make sure everything's firm & stable.
 

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ericp said:
Perhaps another way is to weigh down the tripod ... you can always use your camera bag or something handy.
yar my tripod has a hook at the bottom. but it's not the tripod legs that are shaky, its the quick release plate where u place ur cam on, whenever i release my finger from the shutter, the plate will shift a little, hence the camera too.
 

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Without actually seeing the assembly, it sounds like there's a bit of play in the QR "system". Maybe can do a temporary fix by shimming it with cardboard or plastic card ... just cut a few pieces to the shape of the bottom of the QR plate, and add 1 or more to the clamp until the QR plate sits tight on the clamp when you tighten it. To make it stay, maybe you can buy white glue (eg. Elmers) from a bookstore, and use that to glue to the plastic ... if you sell the tripod in the future, it's a simple matter to just yank out the cardboard/plastic shims if the buyer doesn't want them there.
 

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the tripods that come with purchases are not very sturdy
a gitzo or manfrotto tripod is good
a kanrinpoche or arca swiss ball head is firm
 

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Where would be good places to view these Manfrottos/Gitzos ?
 

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